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Today's Opinions

  • Let's apply urgency and effort in support of our pride

    This year’s Memorial Day commemoration comes during a period of questioning — about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the affordability of our government services and which of those services were made in the nation’s best interest.

    I submit that we, as a nation, have no more binding and sacred commitment than to those who wear our uniform and fight in our wars. Their selfless sacrifice on the field of battle has been a distinct hallmark, and saving grace, of this nation since before the Revolutionary War.

  • What's the cost versus value of a child

    By Sylvia Griendling
    Executive Director, CASA of the Heartland

    Take a moment and bring to mind an image of a smiling, happy son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild you love, treasure and support emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. As you read this column, consider the cost versus the value of your special child.

  • Time to consider election reform

    ISSUE: Low voter turnout
    OUR VIEW: Alternatives must be studied

    What if we held an election and no one showed up? It almost happened Tuesday.

    With presidential primary decisions settled weeks ago and only one local contested race impacting less than half of Hardin County’s precincts, most voters stayed away Tuesday.

  • Tourism secretary asks residents to travel Kentucky

    By Marcheta Sparrow

    Kentucky’s tourism industry is gearing up for summer travel season. As someone who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, I believe we have many good reasons to be optimistic about 2012.

    Recently, during National Travel and Tourism Week, our cabinet announced the tourism industry had an economic impact of almost $11.7 billion in Kentucky during 2011 – an increase from the previous year. Tourism also supported about 170,000 jobs in the state and generated more than $2.6 billion in wages.

  • Elizabethtown nixes late-night fireworks

    ISSUE: Fireworks in Elizabethtown
    OUR VIEW: New policy supports practicality, politeness

     Chances are you’ve been there. In your home, settled in after a long day, enjoying the quiet or getting some sleep. And then, a screech, a boom and a fizzle.

    Fireworks.

    Maybe it’s a short-lived annoyance, maybe it goes on for a while, maybe you have a skittish dog or a light-sleeping baby and your night is ruined. In any event, such racket in the middle of the night is rude and unwarranted.

  • Covers under the stars

    ISSUE: Summer concert series
    OUR VIEW:
    The Almost Tour

    The summer concert series at Freeman Lake is back on, but is moving to fall, which may prove a better option than in the heat of the summer. The potential for an enjoyable evening at Freeman Lake won’t be related to just the weather, but to the music.

  • May 22, 2012: Our readers write

    Foster parents are heroes, too

    Americans always have loved heroes. Sometimes we get carried away and assign the title to fictional comic book characters, superstar athletes or celebrities. True heroes are those who lay their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.

    Those serving in our military take an oath to pledge their very lives to protect ours. American citizens should take advantage of every opportunity to thank these men and women whose service secures our liberty.

  • Senior Life: The struggles of long-distance caregivers

    Imagine these three scenarios.

    The telephone call comes at three in the morning. Your mother, who lives in another state, has fallen, broken her hip, and is in the hospital. She is calling for you to come right away.

    During your once-a-week telephone conversation with your father, you notice a slur in his voice. You’re not expected to visit with him again until the holidays, but something about the conversation makes you change your mind.